I was recently offered a Colt Python in trade for a few 1911's I had at my shop. I don't really know that much about Colt Pythons other than they can be collectible based on a number of factors. So I started digging and found this forum.
I looked up the serial number (4 digit starting with 58xx) and this appears to be a 6" Royal Blue 1958 Colt Python. The gun is in pretty good condition. I'll take some pictures tonight and update the post.
If this is accurate and the condition is original, this gun is worth ALOT more than the guns the guy wanted to trade for.
I'm a firm believer that if it seems to good to be true, it probably is. What are some things I should be looking for to determine if it's a fake or has been refinished or refurbished in any way?
Thank you very much for your time and any help you can offer.
Last edited by cdsusa; 08-19-2019 at 01:13 PM.
Looks good to me.....what are the guns your trading ?
Check to see if the barrel lug is hollow to make sure it's not a later re-barrel.
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Without knowing the exact value of what you are planning to trade this person it's hard to say whether or not it's a good deal. However, based on what your pictures show the gun is exactly what it appears to be. I would not say the gun is unbelieveable condition. It shows holster wear and I would have to rate it good to great condition but definitely not unbelievable. I would expect to get between 4-5k in a good auction for a gun like that. But it could go as low as $3500 in a bad one. Good luck with the deal!
1956 6" Royal Blue Colt Python .357
1980 8" Nickel Colt Python .357
1967 4" Royal Blue Colt Python .357
1972 4" Nickel Colt Python .357
Thanks again for your time and knowledge.
If you are hot for that thing, then do what is right to get it in your hands.
It would be fair to trade $3.5K ,or there abouts worth of pistols for it.
You might see if you can low-roll it a little, but don't rob the guy.
As Pythons go in general, that thing is OK to decent, and has the added advantage of being a relatively early one, as 1 of 10K.
But there are better ones for a helluva lot more $.
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